The perseverance of my grandparents has always inspired me and led me to profound experiences in my own life. I first left Miami to go to a college in a small town located in central Illinois, where I seemed to be the only Cuban American. Despite facing adversity as an outsider, this experience put me in a position to appreciate how everyone was different and how learning about our differences can be powerful. I kept this in mind as I entered my professional life in public accounting, which then lead me to become a champion for diversity and inclusion.
After previously working for two big accounting firms and a major health care company, I was blown away when I finally got to RSM. It was a breath of fresh air to see how diversity and inclusion was truly a part of the culture. It was inspiring to see so many initiatives and investments that went into RSM’s focus on CDI, and I immediately got involved. Then two years ago, I was given the honor to become the national leader of our Hispanic Organization for Leadership and Advancement employee network group (HOLA).
As a contributing leader to our firm’s CDI efforts, I help strategize and determine what we can do to give all of our people a voice, foster a sense of belonging in our culture and ensure everyone has a path to success and access to equal opportunities. Today, the Hispanic community, as well as other minority groups, are growing in our country and clients are seeking diverse representation. Therefore, our CDI efforts are more than just the right thing to do—they are forward-thinking and critical to our firm’s success.
I am proud to be a national CDI leader and partner at RSM, and I know that I would not be where I am today without grit and perseverance. I’ve learned that in order to own your future and have success, you must lead from where you are, stick to your goals and use your own personal grit to pave the way.